QB Charting, Week 1: AFC Roundup

Houston Texans

Matt Schaub: Week 1, at San Diego.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 25 35 267 0 0 2 1 7.49
Play-Action 6 7 64 2 17 1 0 7.44
Screen 3 3 15 0 0 0 0 5.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 34 44 346 2 17 3 1 7.48

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 1, -10 yards 2 2
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 0
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 1, – 10 yards 2 2

San Diego Chargers

Philip Rivers: Week 1, vs. Houston.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 11 25 139 2 12 3 1 5.26
Play-Action 2 3 48 0 0 1 0 22.67
Screen 1 1 8 0 0 0 0 8.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 14 29 195 2 12 4 1 7.03

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 1 18 0 1, 21 yards 2 5
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 0
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 18 0 1, 21 yards 2 5

Too bad a well-played game on both sides got buried in the early Tuesday morning slot on ESPN. Neither interception thrown was the quarterback’s fault – Jarret Johnson started out a fantastic game for himself by tipping Schaub’s first attempt of the game straight up in the air, allowing Cam Thomas to come down with the pick, and Brian Cushing made a phenomenal read and diving catch on his game-tying pick-six of Rivers in the fourth quarter. That period undermined an otherwise strong game from Rivers – after the interception, he threw three of his five inaccurate passes on the night and Eddie Royal dropped a perfect throw for what would have been a first down. The overall performance by the Chargers offense should be encouraging for San Diego fans after last year’s Norvsaster, however.

Tennessee Titans

Jake Locker: Week 1, at Pittsburgh.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 8 13 95 1 8 0 0 6.21
Play-Action 1 5 15 0 0 0 0 3.00
Screen 2 2 15 0 0 0 0 7.50
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 11 20 125 1 8 0 0 5.57

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 0 1 3
Play-Action 1 5 0 1, 24 yards 0 4
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 5 0 1, 24 yards 1 7

Pittsburgh Steelers

Ben Roethlisberger: Week 1, vs. Tennessee.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 16 26 165 4 22 1 0 5.43
Play-Action 3 5 23 1 6 0 1 -4.67
Screen 2 2 5 0 0 0 0 2.50
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 21 33 193 5 28 1 1 3.68

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 0 1 2
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 1
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 0 0 1 3

Let the record show that Roethlisberger was not the reason for Pittsburgh’s horrid offensive showing against the Titans. Any other excuse Steelers fans may want to bring up – Todd Haley’s play-calling, the depleted offensive line, one of the worst groups of running backs in the league, an overrated receiving core badly missing Heath Miller, you name it – would probably be a valid scapegoat, however. Chalk a lot of the dormant offensive showing to Tennessee’s defense, too, which looked roughly a thousand times better than they did last year (Jason McCourty in particular had a fantastic game). They might have to be, judging from the way the Titan offense looked – all but two of Locker’s incompletions were due to his own scatterarm and building your offense around a move-the-chains running game may not be the greatest idea when your top running back has no willingness to grind out three-to-four yard carries. Both offenses would probably better off just burning the tape from this one.

Oakland Raiders

Terrelle Pryor: Week 1, at Indianapolis.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 13 20 134 1 16 1 1 4.43
Play-Action 4 7 67 0 0 0 1 3.14
Screen 2 2 16 0 0 0 0 8.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 19 29 217 1 16 1 2 4.37

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 2 7 0 0 4 2
Play-Action 5 46 0 0 0 2
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 7 53 0 0 4 4

Indianapolis Colts

Andrew Luck: Week 1, vs. Oakland.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 10 12 102 2 16 1 0 7.57
Play-Action 4 7 65 2 15 1 0 7.78
Screen 4 4 11 0 0 0 0 2.75
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 18 23 178 4 31 2 0 6.93

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 2 28 0 1, 6 yards 0 0
Play-Action 1 3 0 0 0 1
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 31 0 1, 6 yards 0 1

Both quarterbacks had superficially great games, but once you factor in the quality of defenses Luck and Pryor were facing, you start to see some warts. The Colts defense, in particular, arguably looked the worst out of any team’s in the league in Week 1, giving Pryor ample space to complete passes, run for 100 yards – anything he wanted, really. To his credit, though, Pryor was mainly accurate and certainly gives a moribound franchise a glimmer of hope. Luck’s offensive line remains just as bad as it was last year, if not worse, but Luck still had some instances (particularly on a 4th-down play at midfield) where he held on to the ball too long and took some costly sacks as a result. He certainly looked more comfortable in Pep Hamilton’s system transplanted from Stanford, however, and his only inaccurate throw was on a bomb to T.Y. Hilton that he missed by a couple yards.

Miami Dolphins

Ryan Tannehill: Week 1, at Cleveland.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 20 29 202 4 17 0 1 4.24
Play-Action 3 8 65 0 0 1 0 10.63
Screen 1 1 5 0 0 0 0 5.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 24 38 272 4 17 1 1 5.48

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 1 3 0 1, 4 yards 3 5
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 4
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 1 3 0 1, 4 yards 3 9

Cleveland Browns

Brandon Weeden: Week 1, vs. Miami.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 18 38 203 6 45 1 2 2.00
Play-Action 7 12 82 0 0 0 1 3.08
Screen 1 2 4 0 0 0 0 2.00
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 26 52 289 6 45 1 3 2.22

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 1 1, 15 yards 3 6
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 3 0
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 1
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 0 0 1 1, 15 yards 6 7

I’ll admit I snickered whenever I saw Weeden’s latest 3 INT game show up on the bottom of the stats ticker during Sunday’s game, but upon further review none of the picks were really his fault. His first interception came on a third-and-eight bomb that essentially acted as a perfect punt, pinning the Dolphins back at their own two-yard line. The other two interceptions bounced off his receivers’ hands, illustrating a day-long struggle for Browns wideouts with catching the football. Weeden still took too many sacks and grew considerably more inaccurate after the Browns fell behind by two scores, but overall he didn’t look bad (particularly considering Josh Gordon wasn’t playing due to his drug suspension). Tannehill, meanwhile, showed an impressive command of the offense, always knowing the right place to throw the football. His issue was actually getting the ball there accurately. Mike Wallace was a complete non-factor in his first game as a Dolphin.

Kansas City Chiefs

Alex Smith: Week 1, at Jacksonville.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 13 20 97 1 2 2 0 6.75
Play-Action 6 10 64 0 0 0 0 6.40
Screen 1 3 6 0 0 0 0 2.00
Designed Rollout 1 1 7 0 0 0 0 7.00
Total 21 34 174 1 2 2 0 6.24

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 2 12 0 0 3 3
Play-Action 1 13 0 0 1 0
Screen 0 0 0 0 1 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 3 25 0 0 5 3

Jacksonville Jaguars

Blaine Gabbert: Week 1, vs. Kansas City.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 10 26 99 5 39 0 2 -1.00
Play-Action 3 5 15 1 11 0 0 0.67
Screen 3 3 4 0 0 0 0 1.33
Designed Rollout 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 16 35 118 6 50 0 2 -0.55

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 4 16 0 0 4 4
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 1
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 0
Total 4 16 0 0 4 5

Chad Henne: Week 1, vs. Kansas City.

Passing Breakdown

Comp. Att. Yards Sacks Sck Yards TDs INTs ANY/A
Dropback 3 5 36 0 0 0 0 7.20
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Designed Rollout 0 1 0 0 0 0 0 0.00
Total 3 6 36 0 0 0 0 6.00

Rushing/Miscellaneous Stats

Scrambles Yards Fumbles Penalties Drops Inaccurate throws
Dropback 0 0 0 0 0 0
Play-Action 0 0 0 0 0 0
Screen 0 0 0 0 0 0
Designed Rollout 0 0 0 0 0 1
Total 0 0 0 0 0 1

Welp, kudos to Jacksonville for painstakingly showing us how bad an NFL offense can possibly be. Passes were dropped, defensive linemen were allowed to take a free shot at the quarterback, miscommunication on a route led to an interception, another pick-six occurred when Gabbert threw the ball directly to Tamba Hali, Gabbert exhibited the pocket presence of Lawrence Vickers with an army of fire ants marching up his testicles and a large chunk of skin got removed from his hand before all was said and done. Thanks for participating! We’ll see you in 2014. Smith played the game manager role to an extreme in his Chiefs debut, never throwing the ball beyond 20 yards down the field and the vast majority of his passes coming within five yards of the line of scrimmage. That’s okay when the opposing offense doesn’t get on your side of the field until the fourth quarter, but that’s not a luxury you’re going to have every game.

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